The Justice System And Law And Order

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“I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” (pp.221) Martin Luther King Jr. discussed in his essay, as he sat in the Birmingham jail. While the justice system was created for law and order, the decisions of the judiciary department are rarely justified. Many of the cases that occur in court are unjustly swayed in favor of the more affluent member of the court, and as such become immoral to our society. For example, a gang of rapists being acquitted because “they looked like they felt bad,” or a woman receiving no consequences for the murder of her husband. It is these cases that can make one wonder just how far gone the justice system really is, and what can be done to solve this problem. There is the case of Brock Turner, a man who raped a young woman behind a dumpster. While his victim faced many emotional issues, he made it appear as if he was the victim and she was falsely accusing him. When Turner received his sentence, it was a mere six months, when the typical sentence is nearly ten years. Since Turner was in college, his judge viewed him as a promising student and did not think someone with such a high status should ruin his life by spending time in prison. Behind the scenes, Turner’s parents were rich, and the public believes that the judge was bribed to give him a shorter sentence in order to allow him to stay on his swim team. Not only is this an injustice to the victim, it is immoral to allow someone capable of defiling woman to be back on the street. During Turner’s trial, his victim wrote a letter addressed to him, talk... ... middle of paper ... ...not be given shorter sentences. Women should not get out of consequences due to their sex. Justice is meant to blind, but instead it is biased to one’s power, money, sex, and quality of life. Justice was created for law and order, yet in today’s society, justice is not moral. Individuals are free of consequences due to the severely damaged legal system. Our society is learning that women can escape consequences because of their sex, and women are using this to their advantage. Many women believe they can easily escape a ticket if they pretend to feel bad and as if they did not realize that they were doing something wrong, or by faulting their speed on “womanly problems.” Men can easily ignore consequences if they are of higher power or have the money to buy out the judge. Our society is not moral, and instead is easily manipulated by the parties in our civilization.

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